38 killed in Moscow from two attacks on subways stationsSubmitted by Liberty_Belle on Mon, 03/29/2010 - 10:52
Reporting from Moscow - Reporting from Moscow -- Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on packed subway cars in Moscow's bustling downtown early Monday morning, officials said, killing at least 38 people and injuring dozens more.
The massive explosions roared through the underground at rush hour, just as the city's commuters jam the metro system on their way to work and school. It was the first such attack to reach Moscow capital in six years, raising the grim specter of violence creeping back into the symbolic and bureaucratic heart of Russia.
The first strike came just before 8 a.m. when a woman set off a suicide bomb just as the doors of the subway carriage slammed shut at Lubyanka Square station. Set just a few blocks from the Kremlin, the square holds a deep and unsettling place in the Russian consciousness as the headquarters of the Soviet KGB, and now its successor, the FSB.
Less than an hour later, a second explosion hit Park Kultury, another iconic station alongside Gorky Park, where Russian children flock for roller coasters, sprawling gardens and ice skating.